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Zainab Garba-Sani Clinical Innovation Manager

Organisation: NHS England and NHS Innovation

  • Harkness Fellowship

About me

Zainab Garba-Sani is a 2022–23 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

She is currently a clinical innovation manager at NHS England and NHS Improvement, where she is responsible for a range of programmes that aim to transform health care through supporting the ideation, development, and adoption of innovation. In addition, she is co-chair of the NHS Muslim Network, Partnerships Lead for TEDxNHS, and a volunteer with the Muslim Scouts Fellowship.

Garba-Sani is a passionate advocate for equity and justice. During her undergraduate studies she became the first student ambassador for the international charity DKMS (We Delete Blood Cancer) and founded its first student society. In July 2018, she was honoured with a Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award for her work in increasing the number of people of colour registered as potential blood stem cell donors. Garba-Sani is also a patient advocate, working with charities, communities, health care professionals, industry and policymakers to improve care for sickle cell disease.

She is an alumna of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and holds an MSc in health policy from Imperial College London.

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